The 2016 Madagascar Open concluded at the Hotel Colbert on Sunday and saw FM Fy Rakotomaharo retain the title he won with a perfect score last year.

This time around, the final rounds were not without drama however as IM Alain RANAIVOHARISOA caused a major upset in round 6 when he defeated Fy to take a narrow half point lead.

Alain stumbled however in round 8 against CM Faniry RAJAONARISON and this was enough to allow Fy to recapture the lead and ultimately retain his title with a score of 8/9.

Alain finished second on 7.5/9 ahead of Miloud MEZOUAGHI from France who ended in third place overall as the highest placed foreign player.

We want to congratulate the FMJE on another excellent tournament as it is clear that the standard of play in Madagascar is improving rapidly year on year.

Final standings as well as games from the tournament are now available for download at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr231133.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=9&turdet=YES&....